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Online Thrifting Sees Silver Lining in Supply Chain Crunch

  • Port blockages are no barrier to goods in people’s closets
  • With ‘out of stock’ messages on the rise, thrifting looks good
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Photographer: Nina Westervelt/Bloomberg

As brand-name retailers nationwide struggle to fill shelves, a crop of online platforms that trade in secondhand wares are poised to profit handsomely from the global supply chain crunch. 

The products for sale on sites such as The RealReal Inc., a members-only consignment marketplace for luxury goods, or Poshmark Inc., a mobile app for second-hand apparel, are already manufactured and sitting in people’s closets. This allows them to largely avoid backed-up ports and freight transport, and more importantly, they’re currently available.